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Miami Folkways: Sounds Like Home, part of the Miami Beach Arts in the Parks series, taking place on January 21, 2024 at the Miami Beach Bandshell. The event features Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Miami Sound Choir, Inez Barlatier + Jan Sebon, and StillBlue.
Bonnie “Prince” Billy (aka Will Oldham) has over the past three decades made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on both the worlds of indie music and cinema. With his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery and spontaneity; his brilliance has captivated fans and made Bonny one of our most influential and beloved songsmiths. His DIY style is notable for blunt honesty, and his music has elements of Americana, folk, roots, country, punk and indie rock. He is touring in support of his recent release on Drag City Records, Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You.
Inez Barletier and Jan Sebon are a Miami-based Haitian-American duo. Sebon co-founded the 8-member ensemble Koleksyon Kazak in the 1980’s, bringing the politically-charged folkloric rhythms of Haiti to his new home in exile in Miami. His daughter, Inez Barlatier, is a renowned singer/songwriter/guitarist/percussionist/dancer/actress and instructor, who has been growing as an artist since she began performing at age 12. With her first band Kazoots, Inez and her bandmates evolved from their fathers’ Haitian folkloric ensemble, mixed with next-generation influences. Going solo in 2016 allowed her further exploration, as she embraces history and heritage, finding inspiration from African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin cultures. Inez’s incredible vocal delivery organically flows between an ancestral guttural bellow to an airy angelic falsetto, full of energy. She invites comparisons with revered artists like Tracy Chapman, Adele, Shakira, Joan Armatrading, and Norah Jones.
Miami Sound Choir is the flagship ensemble of Miami Sound Space – an inclusive adult community music-making experience founded in the fall of 2019. The Choir, led by Laurah Merisier, is a vibrant and diverse community, whose music reflects the rich cultural tapestry of Miami. The choir sings a variety of folk and popular songs from Haiti, Latin America, the Caribbean, Brazil, and more. The repertoire also touches on themes that impact the people of Miami, including environmental awareness, love, choice, human rights, and tackling loneliness, and aims to fully align with the spirit of our incredible city!
StillBlue is a five-piece band that blends indie-rock, folk, and alt- country, infusing their music with lyrics that meditate on themes of love, loss, and the process of aging in the perspiring humidity of Miami, Florida, formed in 2022. The members share a profound appreciation for melancholic, cathartic melodies and a commitment to creating music with utmost honesty. The group plays often in South Florida, and also ventured on a US debut tour in 2023.
Miami Folkways: Sounds Like Home, Sunday January 21, 2024 at Miami Beach Bandshell, is presented FREE to the public, as part of the City of Miami Beach’s Arts in the Parks series, produced throughout the year by Rhythm Foundation. This event is a collaboration between Rhythm Foundation, WLRN 91.3 FM’s Folk and Acoustic Music Program, and Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab-FIU. For more information or to RSVP, please visit MiamiBeachBandshell.com
Food & beverage are available for purchase at the show. The Bandshell is an open-air covered venue, all programs are rain or shine. Any questions? [email protected]
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141, USA, United States